Monday , September 22, 2008
Love, Love, Love: Gunta Stolzl Tapestries/The Textile Blog
Dude! I have been waiting impatiently for good-quality images of Gunta Stolzl's tapestries to make their way onto the Internet since I first found out she existed, which occurred at approximately 9:30 in the morning sometime during the spring of 2005. I remember this because it happened when I took a Feminist Art & Design elective at Parsons School of Design, and you, or I, can never forget which classes began at 9 AM- so many memories! Running out the door in pyjamas and unbrushed teeth; sleeping through Powerpoint presentations; waking up at dawn to finish term papers; etc. FA&D was one of maybe four classes I took over the course of my entire career as a Parsons student that wasn't completely corrupt Normie white-kkkollar garbage. Whoopsie daisies! WHY DID I NOT MAJOR IN BURNING DOWN CHURCHES??
In addition to being a Bavarian-born Pisces, Gunta Stolzl was most notably the Bauhaus' weaving master. Something I learned a lot about in Feminist Art & Design is how the Bauhaus was totally fuckedly sexist for pretty much forcing its female students to be weaving/textiles majors. Obviously yes, I grasp why this was messed-up, but seriously? The girls won in the end. Gunta Stolzl was ten trillion times the genius that dumbass Walter "I Heart the Patriarchy" Gropius was, I mean, wasn't.
The textiles seen above were created between the years 1926 and 1927, and are uncannily proto-psychedelic! Gunta Stolzl should have designed record covers for the Great! Society (or maybe Blood is the New Black t-shirts HA HA HA). I really wish I could resurrect Gunta Stolzl and make her design my entire life (right down to the toothbrushes!); I also wish that little girls were encouraged to decorate their seven-year-old bedrooms in fabrics and fibers that look like those pictured above as opposed to polyester Unicorn Fairy Barbie bedspreads and Bratz-brand plastic makeup mirrors. Oh, well. If I don't let these things go, they will destroy me.
It is very important to note that these images were grabbed from The Textile Blog, my third-favorite blog on the entire Internet after nogoodforme.com and Emily's Tumblr. It is one of the most intelligent, informative and (SCORE!!!) frequently-updated blogs around this town (this town= the entire Internet); I personally check it so much that I often get paranoid that the dude who runs it checks out his sitetracker and thinks, "This girl from Toronto should probably expand her blogospheric horizons instead of consistently checking mine fifty times daily." It is also thanks to The Textile Blog that my UFC Updates look so fly every week. Almost every single background image is ripped from The Textile Blog.
Wednesday , August 6, 2008
Giveaway: Handmade Flammable heart necklace!
As I've mentioned on thirteen trillion different occasions, I have a really tough time with jewelry. When it comes to the art of matching jewelry to a particular outfit, I'm like nogoodforme.com's equivalent on that kid in second grade who was still working on their three times tables when everybody else was throwing round twelve times twelve like it wasn't no thang at all.
Luckily for me, Toronto-based jewelry line Flammable performs the impossible task of "layering necklaces" on my behalf. Whenever I try to wear more than one necklace, I always end up just tangling all the chains together/having an anxiety attack. This is no longer an issue in my life: Flammable designer Laura Garland scours the continent for alternately lovely, charming, vintage, sweet, weird, cool and always-killer lockets and charms, then assembles them in aesthetic combos I'm too stupid to put together on my own, and strings them up in this Flammable-specific method that somehow makes them hang perfectly on your body and never get tangled. I think it's called magic.
Luckily for you, we have a one-of-a-kind handmade Flammable necklace to give away here at nogoodforme.com! It's the one in the first picture below, featuring the textured gold heart (which represents Kat), cowboy boot (Liz) and sweetie-pie green baby heart (Laura). Beneath it you will see some other fly Flammable creations available for your purchasing pleasure over at Flammable's Etsy Shop). All you have to do to get your grubby and/or adorable little paws all over this necklace is:
Leave a comment below with your name, a valid e-mail address, and (most importantly), an idea for a Laura Jane Fashion (or non-fashion) Challenge! Whoever comes up with the coolest challenge idea not only scores a free necklace, but furthermore, gets to see their challenge executed by yours truly! If that isn't a win-win situation, I don't know what is. GOOD LUCK, & HAPPY IDEATING!
PS: That model is SO SEXY.
PPS: The deadline for this giveaway is Thursday, August 14th.
Friday , November 30, 2007
Help us with our holiday shopping
Last year my holiday-shopping goal was to purchase as many gifts as possible from the crafty ladies (and/or boys) of Etsy. But time ran away from me and I never really got to dig around the site much and thus my big Etsy holiday dream fly right out the window. So now I'm asking you, dear reader, to please share your favorite Etsy shops for buying adorable gifty type stuff. I'm talking about things not just for your best friend who maybe has tastes quite similar to yours, but for moms and aunts and nanas and two-year-old nieces and four-year-old boy cousins. Email me and tell me your secrets, and my reply will most likely be filled with unironic exclamation points.
In exchange I offer you this Etsy tip: Monkeyshines makes these sweet little pocket mirrors, whose non-mirror sides feature the designer's own photos or illustrations from old books. I bought a bunch last year and they were a hit - wicked cute, six bucks each, the perfect stocking-stuffer-type deal. Especially if your gift recipient is way into bunnies.